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Kennedy extends D-Backs' hot start

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SAN DIEGO -- It was another routine night in the NL West for Ian Kennedy, which meant another victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander.

Kennedy struck out nine in six innings to remain perfect for his career against San Diego, and Jason Kubel doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to send the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 victory over the Padres on Thursday night.

Kennedy (2-0) allowed one run and five hits to improve to 6-0 against the Padres in eight career starts, with a 1.95 ERA, 68 strikeouts and nine walks in 50 2-3 innings. He is 8-0 in his last nine starts overall.

Additionally, he's 12-0 in his last 17 starts against NL West teams.

"That's the fun part about this game. I have fun in those situations where I face guys so many times," he said. "It just depends on how you get them out. Guys get themselves out a lot more than I get them out. That's the fun part about pitching.

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"It's like if you face somebody so many times, and you wonder if they're thinking along with you. Do I switch it up? do I go with it again? And I love that about pitching. That little game within the game. Sometimes it backfires, sometimes it doesn't."

The Diamondbacks, who matched the 2000 club for the best six-game start at 5-1, took two of three from the Padres. Chris Young hit a solo homer with two outs in the eighth, his third.

Kennedy gave up hits to his first three batters, including a leadoff triple to right-center by Cameron Maybin, who scored on Will Venable's single up the middle. Chase Headley singled before Kennedy struck out the side.

"If you're not in the moment, it can get out of hand," he said. "I felt I needed to shut them down at that one particular moment in the inning I battled through that and pitched my game after that."

Padres catcher Nick Hundley, who went 0 for 4 to extend his season-opening slump to 0 for 19, said it was "the usual" from Kennedy. "He's got good live stuff, a good live fastball. It's around 90-91 but it jumps like it's 95. He's very consistent for them. He's the kind of guy they hang their hats on every time to get a quality, consistent start."

San Diego had only three more baserunners against Kennedy, who retired 12 straight batters from the second to the sixth inning.

J.J. Putz pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in four chances.

Micah Owings (0-2), signed as a free agent from the Diamondbacks in the offseason, took the loss after allowing an unearned run in the sixth. Willie Bloomquist reached on shortstop Jason Bartlett's throwing error and scored on Kubel's double down the right-field line. It was San Diego's 10th error in seven games.

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases on Lyle Overbay's two-out walk against Luke Gregerson before Geoff Blum hit into a force play.

Young's homer, down the left-field line, was the 121st of his career, tying Mark Reynolds for third on the Diamondbacks' all-time list.

"The only way you can get it out of the park it seems like at night is to go down the line. Coincidentally I just happened to be able to get the head out on it," Young said.

Padres starter Anthony Bass was pulled after allowing Aaron Hill's RBI single with one out in the fifth. Bass was starting in place of Dustin Moseley, who went on the disabled list Sunday with extensive damage in his right shoulder.

Bass allowed one run and three hits, struck out five and walked two.

Notes

  • Padres manager Bud Black said RHP Joe Wieland will be called up to start Saturday night's game at Los Angeles, which will be his major league debut. Wieland is one of two prospects obtained from Texas for Mike Adams on July 31.
  • Arizona's Willie Bloomquist singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, matching his career best.
  • Arizona SS Stephen Drew, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury on July 20, saw his first game action when he played in an extended spring training contest on Thursday. He went 1 for 4 with a single and turned a double play.
  • Arizona reliever Takashi Saito, who began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain, is scheduled to pitch in an extended spring game Friday.
  • The Padres open a series at Los Angeles on Friday night, when LHP Clayton Richard (1-0) is scheduled to start opposite Aaron Harang (0-1), who led the Padres with 14 victories last year. Richard beat Harang and the Dodgers 8-4 on Sunday as the Padres avoided a four-game sweep.
 
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Ian Kennedy improves to 6-0 against the Padres in eight career starts with a 1.95 ERA.  (US Presswire)
Ian Kennedy improves to 6-0 against the Padres in eight career starts with a 1.95 ERA. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Arizona

I. Kennedy
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 9
Arizona

C. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS4110001 .364
Jason Kubel, LF4011011 .211
    Gerardo Parra, LF0000000 .111
Justin Upton, RF3000100 .133
Miguel Montero, C4000022 .238
Chris Young, CF4121022 .364
Lyle Overbay, 1B2100210 .429
Geoff Blum, 3B3000104 .000
Aaron Hill, 2B4021010 .167
Ian Kennedy, P3000012 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1000000 .150
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals3236348  
a-flied out for Shaw in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (1, Owings), Chris Young (3, Bass), Aaron Hill (1, Gregerson)
HR - Chris Young (3, Cashner)
RBI - Jason Kubel (2), Chris Young (7), Aaron Hill (4)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (1)
CS - Willie Bloomquist (1, 2nd base by Bass/Hundley)
Team LOB - 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (W,2-0) 6511190 2.84
Brad Ziegler (H,1) 1000110 5.40
Bryan Shaw (H,2) 1000020 0.00
J.J. Putz (S,4) 1000010 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 98-70, Brad Ziegler 13-9, Bryan Shaw 16-12, J.J. Putz 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 5-4, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Bryan Shaw 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-1
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 24, Brad Ziegler 4, Bryan Shaw 3, J.J. Putz 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF4110012 .214
Will Venable, RF4011000 .211
Chase Headley, 3B3010120 .174
Jesus Guzman, LF4000033 .172
Yonder Alonso, 1B4010012 .190
Nick Hundley, C4000024 .000
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000010 .130
Jason Bartlett, SS2010110 .250
Anthony Bass, P1000001 .000
    Micah Owings, P1000010 .000
    Josh Spence, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy Parrino, PH1000011 .286
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
Totals32151213  
a-struck out for Gregerson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Bartlett (1, Kennedy)
3B - Cameron Maybin (1, Kennedy)
RBI - Will Venable (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hundley-Headley-Hudson
E - Jason Bartlett (2, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anthony Bass 4.1311250 2.16
Micah Owings (L,0-2) 0.2110100 3.00
Josh Spence 0.1000000 0.00
Luke Gregerson 1.2100120 0.00
Andrew Cashner 1111011 2.25
Joe Thatcher 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Bass 88-50, Micah Owings 24-15, Josh Spence 1-1, Luke Gregerson 26-16, Andrew Cashner 17-9, Joe Thatcher 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Bass 4-3, Micah Owings 2-0, Luke Gregerson 1-2, Andrew Cashner 2-0
Batters Faced - Anthony Bass 17, Micah Owings 4, Josh Spence 1, Luke Gregerson 7, Andrew Cashner 4, Joe Thatcher 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20858
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper